This accessibility statement applies to https://www.ukfiet.org
This website is run by UKFIET – The Education and Development Forum. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and we are committed to making it accessible for users with disabilities.
For example, this means that you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
- use most of the website using a screen reader (such as JAWS and NVDA).
How accessible this website is
Most of the site is fully accessible to screen readers and to those using assistive technology. This includes the use of text alternatives for images, links and buttons.
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact us and tell us:
- the web address (URL) of the content
- your name and email address
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
UKFIET is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.
Most of the content elements in our website are accessible and do not contain the problems below. This has been confirmed by internal testing.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
There are instances of adjacent links going to the same location, resulting in additional navigation and repetition for keyboard and screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4: Link Purpose (In Context).
Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some of our older PDFs and Word documents may not provide the information required by assistive technology. We are striving to make older documents accessible and ensuring new PDFs and Word documents published after September 2018 meet the WCAG 2.1 AA standards. Documents created for print distribution may not be fully accessible due to font sizing and layout issues.
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
Pre-recorded video and audio content
We have pre-existing video and audio content on some of our blog posts. Videos may not have audio descriptions or a transcript or may use a third-party captioning function that is not always accurate. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix issues with video content published before 23 September 2020.
Third party embedded content
We are aware that some third-party content appearing on our site does not have titles that are accessible to screen readers. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix issues with third-party audio and video content as this functionality is outside of our control.
What we are doing to improve accessibility
UKFIET will perform regular audits to identify and fix accessibility problems and when we publish new content, we strive to ensure it meets the highest possible accessibility standards.
Accessibility testing in January 2022 included semi-automated, keyboard and NVDA testing of a selection of pages from the website.
Issues resolved since June 2021
- Fixed the search button so that it is now keyboard operable and can be announced correctly by a screen reader.
- Fixed an issue with the desktop and mobile search fields having the same ID, which can cause problems for assistive technologies.
- Fixed any instances where a user might get trapped inside particular elements when navigating with a keyboard.
- Added more meaningful labels to page numbers so that a screen reader will read out ‘Go to Page 2’, ‘Go to Page 3’ etc. instead of just ‘2’, ‘3’ etc.
- Added text to the ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ arrow links so that they can be identified by screen readers.
- Fixed any incorrect heading elements to make it easier for users to discern the structure of each webpage.
- Marked decorative images as decorative so that screen reader technology can simply ignore these images.
- Ensured that blog post images have descriptive text alternatives, so that people using a screen reader can access the information.
COLOUR AND CONTRAST
- Improved the contrast between text and its background so that it can be read by people with moderately low vision.
- Ensured that links in blog posts are distinguishable from the surrounding text.
- Restyled borders around some input fields and check boxes to provide enough contrast with the background colour.
- Improved the markup of the subscription form checkboxes to make it easier for screen readers to identify the checkbox options.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 16 July 2021. It was last reviewed on 04 February 2022.